Nine Year Old Boy Drowns in Local Georgia Swimming Pool
Recently, a nine year old boy tragically perished in a drowning accident at an East Point swimming pool, according to WSB TV. The boy drowned while several children were at the pool, all seeking to cool off on the hot summer day. Witnesses report that the child was swimming "just fine" on his stomach prior to the incident. When he flipped over, it appeared he was just floating, but had in fact drowned. The boy's mother was frantic at the scene of the accident and the boy was transported to the hospital where he was sadlypronounced dead.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 4,000 people die from drowning every year. Drowning is a top cause of death in children under the age of four. Drowning is not always easy to recognize, which leads to delayed action. With this tragic accident in mind, the following is a look at some drowning facts that could help save a life.
What Drowning Really Looks Like
Many people assume that a drowning person will be shouting for help and waving their arms in the air as they struggle to stay afloat. In fact, this is considered thrashing. Trashing is a sign of aquatic distress, and anyone who is acting in this manner should be quickly offered a flotation device.
True drowning is a silent process and looks quite unlike thrashing. When a person is drowning, he or she cannot call out for help. Instead, instincts take over and a common behavior occurs. A drowning person's head will likely be low in the water with the mouth at water level or the head tilted back with the mouth open. The victim's eyes can appear glassy or closed, in addition to being unable to focus. Hair also might be over the victim's eyes or forehead. A drowning individual will also appear vertical and not be using their legs, or may be trying to swim with little to no success. They might also be gasping or hyperventilating. Additionally, the victim might be attempting to roll onto their back, or could appear to be climbing a nonexistent ladder.
If you see these signs, you must act quickly to save the drowning individual. Get the drowning individual out of the water if possible, provide a flotation device, notify a lifeguard, and call 911 immediately.
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